I was watching TV the other day and noticed a commercial for a company named HughesNet. The video is below:
In the video we see an advertisement explaining how one can get high-speed Internet all the way out in the country. I don’t think it will be difficult for anyone reading this to make a connection to the pastoral topics we’ve been discussing in class. It seems as though this commercial was made as a parody just for us.
Observing the pastoral in the modern world is not always easy. What comes to my mind is the suburban life that we live in. However to relate the pastoral to modern times I have to take us back to the pinnacle of the suburbs, the 80’s and early 90’s. It was a time of financial success where the desired place of living was suburbia. My favorite piece that perfectly explains this time period is Joe Dante’s “The Burbs”.
Every fourth of the July I make my way down to a little town named Norris, Tennessee to celebrate America with my grandparents. For such a small town you would be impressed with how nuts everyone goes for this day. It seems as though this day was created to blow everything up, and it’s awesome. My favorite part of the day however is when my family and I go down the road to the Museum of Appalachia. The museum is set on a farm and is riddled with farm animals free to graze the land. Upon observing this place it is hard not to see the pastoral themes present.
The museum showcases all kind of strange tools that were used by intuitive Appalachians back in the day. As their website explains:
The Smithsonian Institution has recognized our collections as among America’s most significant, telling the story of a brave and hardy people who carved out lives of joy and toil, often in isolation and often with too little money.